Cape Town water crisis

If you live in these areas, your water will be interrupted on Friday

Several areas in Cape Town, mostly close to the CBD, will have an interrupted water supply on Friday.

Cape Town water crisis

The City of Cape Town announced that there will be a planned disruption to the water supply in five areas across the city on Friday.

The Water and Sanitation Department will shut down the Tygerberg Molteno water pipeline, which feeds water into the Cape Town CBD and surrounding areas. Residents are likely to experience ” low water pressure or reduced water supply”.

Which areas will be affected by Cape Town’s planned water cut on Friday?

The areas that will be mostly affected area:

  • Cape Town CBD
  • Cape Town Harbour (Transnet)
  • Lower Woodstock
  • Maitland
  • Paarden Eiland

Green Point and Sea Point may also be affected.

When will the water supply be affected?

The shutdown will take place on Friday 10 November 2017 for 12 hours, from 22:00.

What is the reason for the water interruption?

The shutdown will take place because we need to assess the condition of the pipeline as we prepare for the Cape Town Harbour emergency desalination plant.

Residents are advised to keep 10 litres of drinking water available per day for essential use during this time. The city also asks that residents keep all taps closed to “prevent damage/flooding when water supply is restored”.

The City of Cape Town has said that it plans on having its desalination plants up and running by next year. These form part of emergency plans to provide the city with water as the dams border on the brink of running dry.

The process for desalination is not simple and straight-forward, though – and it’s expensive. As previously reported by

We’re looking at around R2.1bn. With labour costs and building materials needing to be budgeted for, it’s an extremely expensive operation and the City has to be careful with how it invests tax-payer money. Tenders were awarded to desalination businesses seven weeks ago by The Mayor, who said plant facilities would begin work in October.